All the latest news and stories about Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and the brain.

Join Dr. Heather Palmer for brain health tips this October

British Columbia
September 29, 2020

The brain is one of your most vital organs, playing a role in every action and every thought. Just like the rest of your body, your brain needs to be looked after. It's never too soon or too late to make lifestyle changes that will maintain or improve your brain health.

Headshot of Heather Palmer.

Climbing for a dementia-friendly B.C.

British Columbia
September 21, 2020

In 1998, a group of determined hikers climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the Alzheimer Society of B.C., a tradition that would continue for 17 years. From the seeds of this event the local Climb for Alzheimer’s was born, and over the next 8 years the event evolved and changed with over 2000 climbing the Grouse Grind® since 2012!

Erika Durlacher and the team of committed fundraisers on Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2015

This World Alzheimer’s Month, help us demystify advocacy!

British Columbia
September 10, 2020

Advocacy starts with the willingness to share one’s story to help others understand the impact of the disease. To mark World Alzheimer’s Month, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. invites you to “Demystifying advocacy,” a two-part conversation on what it means to be a dementia advocate, taking place on September 28 and 29.

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. advocates stood together.

Turning powerlessness into proactivity: Masami takes on the Climb for Alzheimer’s challenge

British Columbia
August 20, 2020

Powerlessness, guilt, frustration – these past few months have heightened the many emotional challenges that long-distance caregivers experience. This sense of powerlessness is something that Masami Yakata has felt acutely while living and working in Langley, B.C., thousands of kilometres away from her birthplace of Kyoto, Japan, where her mother Masako is living with dementia.

Masami and Masako smiling together.

New tools help people living with dementia protect their rights, navigate the health-care system

British Columbia
July 24, 2020

People living with dementia and their families often find that their health-care decision-making rights are not respected. The common misconception that people who live with dementia can’t make choices about their care is the background to a new series of short videos and brochures produced by the Canadian Centre for Elder Law to inform people living with dementia of their legal rights.

Animated still from the video of an elderly woman with the text, 'Who makes your health care decisions?'